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US VP Biden, EAM Sushma Swaraj Address 40th Anniversary Of USIBC

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| September 22 , 2015 , 07:48 IST
The inaugural US-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue kicked off while commemorating the 40th anniversary of the US-India Business Council (USIBC). [caption id="attachment_113191" align="aligncenter" width="700"](File Photo: PTI) (File Photo: PTI)[/caption] The USIBC Leadership summit featured addresses by Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, and other high-ranking officials from both governments and industry leaders. Addressing the summit, US Vice-President Joe Biden has said that their goal is to become India's best friend and that both nations should work together as strategic partners. "Our goal is to become India`s best friend. The President and I, and the entire administration believe that the India-US relationship will be a relationship that will go a long way in defining the findings of the 21st century," said Biden, while speaking at the 40th leadership Summit of US-India Business Council (USIBC). "There is no reason why the two largest democracies should not continue to have increasingly better and more productive relationship. The two nations should work together as strategic partners to bring about a safer and a more prosperous world," he added. "It`s no longer about what we can do for India, it`s about what we can do with India, what we can do together," he stressed. Biden further assured that they will do everything they can to support Prime Minister Narendra Modi`s ambitious economic reforms. "We will do everything we can to support Prime Minister Modi`s ambitious economic reforms and his understanding that no nation should have to choose between prosperity and sovereignty," said Biden. "There is so much potential for trade and investment in both the countries, therefore, we need to see more reforms. We need to stay together to counter terrorism and counter violent extremism," he added. The US Vice-President also said that the convergence of India` Act East and US` rebalancing to Asia is a very good news not only for the region but for the world as well. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has said that India’s relationship with the United States is defined by natural synergy of the democracies and easy identification among the people, adding that the joint effort of both the countries will make one of the defining partnerships of the 21st Century. ”We both are open societies which value education and enterprise. Our relationship with the United States is defined by natural synergy of our democracies and easy identification among our people,” said Sushma Swaraj, while speaking at the 40th leadership Summit of US-India Business Council (USIBC). “Today, there is a great deal of comfort, maturity and tender in conversation between both the governments. We have harnessed commonalities between our two countries to further bilateral priorities in several areas, including defence and security, countering terrorism and extremism, clean energy and environmental protection, science and technology and space,” she added. Sushma Swaraj asserted that India sees business relationships with the United States not simply as transactions but as yet another manifestation. “Our joint effort will help make India-US partnership as President Barrack Obama had said, one of the defining partnerships of the 21st Century,” she further said. (With PTI inputs)